Ewan McGregor on his second Moderna vaccine: ‘It really kicked my ass’

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On May 14th, Ewan McGregor’s turn as fashion designer and icon Halston begins on Netflix. Netflix did a miniseries on the life and times of Halston, with Ewan as the designer, and a cast which includes Bill Pullman (!), Rory Culkin and Vera Farmiga. It should be epic and a lot of fun. To promote the new series, Ewan appears on the latest cover of the Hollywood Reporter. Can I just say? The photos are INCREDIBLE. His beard, the perfect sweater (which I want, desperately), his beautiful face. I had to remind myself that Ewan dumped his wife for his younger costar Mary Elizabeth Winstead in what was one of the messier splits in recent gossip history. Anyway, I enjoyed this interview. Some highlights:

His second Moderna vaccine: “It really kicked my ass. It really did. For months, we’ve been doing these monster, two-and-a-half-hour sessions of sword fights and hand-to-hand stuff. But there was no way it was happening this week. Not with a 100.7 fever.” (The disturbance in the Force did not last long: McGregor was back to normal in 48 hours.)

On Star Wars Episodes I-III: “[It] was hard they didn’t get well received. That was quite difficult. They were universally not very much liked.”

The Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+: “I’m really excited about it. Maybe more so than the first ones, because I’m older — I just turned 50 — and I’m just in a much better place.”

He has the career he always wanted: “I would say I managed to have the career I started out wanting in the first place. I’ve been involved in some big, silly stuff; but also lots of important stuff; and some little, silly stuff; and big, important stuff. I’ve been very lucky.”

He’s always been game for any kind of love scene: “This [Halston] was the first thing I’ve ever done where we had an intimacy coordinator. It was such a relief. It’s about f–king time. The temptation in my experience is just for the director to go, ‘Just do whatever.’ It’s embarrassing. That’s not fair on either actor to do that.”

On his (now healed) beef with Danny Boyle: The two didn’t speak for “a long time,” McGregor says, even once sharing a first-class cabin flying across the Atlantic without exchanging a single word. They’ve since patched things up and collaborated on the 2017 sequel T2 Trainspotting. “It wasn’t handled very well. There was probably both sides to it. I was upset. But at the same time, it’s part of life, it’s just part of growing up.”

He wanted to be a badass: “I was lucky because Trainspotting became the movie of an era. And while I always wanted to be a worthy actor, at the same time, there was a part of me that wanted to be a rock star. And I think the lines got slightly blurred. The Oasis brothers [Liam and Noel Gallagher] had that sort of swagger I loved: ‘F–k it and f–k everyone.’ I sort of got swept up in that, I suppose.”

His family: “I had Clara in my lap as a baby doing press at Cannes for Trainspotting. Ultimately, through all of that craziness and that time, I had that sort of safety line through my life, which was my work and family, that I could latch onto.”

On a straight man playing a gay icon like Halston & one-sided sexuality-blind casting: “I hear the discussion and I respect both sides of it, I really do. I haven’t walked in Billy Porter’s shoes. I don’t know what it’s like to lose out parts when you might feel it’s to do with your sexuality. So I can only respect his point of view.” Ultimately he decided that “if it had been a story about Halston’s sexuality more, then maybe it’s right that gay actors should play that role. But in this case — and I don’t want to sound like I’m worming out of this, because it’s something I did think a lot about — I suppose ultimately I felt like it was just one part of who he was.”

[From THR]

His answer about being a straight man playing a gay icon is not great. I mean… no LGBTQ person is SOLELY about their sexuality or gender identity. “Gay” is not the sum total of anyone’s personality, life and career. So Ewan needs to go back to the drawing board on that one – I mean, I think he’ll be a good Halston, but that was a sh-tty answer.

What else – he addresses some of the tabloid stuff in the piece. He refers to Mary Elizabeth as his partner, and he shares custody of his youngest daughter with his ex-wife (the rest of his girls are over 18). His oldest daughter Clara is quoted in the piece, admitting that she didn’t handle her parents’ split very well but now she’s “hugely fond” of Mary. This is three years after she referred to Mary Elizabeth as “a piece of trash” on her social media. Growth.

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  1. VS says:

    I can confirm I had my second dose of the moderna vaccine on Friday….yesterday was not good. I am finally recovering but keeping myself hydrated and taking Tylenol have been helpful.

    I can’t really say he is my favorite actor; this is an OK interview. On his personal life, divorce can happen but seeing an adult child call another woman trash is always weird for me…..I do understand her. my issue is why didn’t she call her own dad trash? isn’t he the one who decided to leave?

    anyway, none of my business!

    • Shelley says:

      How many hours after the shot did you take the tylenol? Please answer back. I get my second moderna shot on the 12th of this month.

      • shurrr says:

        I would as your doc, as it depends on an individual’s constitution. Overall twas a fake flu, literally 24hrs or less. I slept a ton. Not a big deal since we all anticipated.

      • pottymouth pup says:

        the best advice I can give prior to your second shot is to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Start drinking a lot of water the day prior and keep doing it for 48 hours after. From what I understand, that’s the best way to avoid or minimize headaches (it worked for me but I got the Pfizer vaccine and have been hearing the 2nd Moderna shot is a little rougher)

      • lisa says:

        I had both Moderna shots. The second just made me feel fatigue for two days. Then I was back to normal. I never needed to take anything for it

      • Shelley says:

        Thank you all, Shurrr, Pottymouth pup and Lisa for the valuable info. I really don’t want to have to take anything for pain or flu-like symptoms. Will hydrate for sure!!!!

    • swirlmamad says:

      I had my 2nd Moderna shot yesterday afternoon and I woke up this morning literally feeling like I was hit by a truck. Achy and sore all over, and like I was in a total fog all day. Slept for about 2 hrs this afternoon (thanks to my family leaving me alone to rest. I’m just starting to feel more normal now at 9:45 pm). I had a reaction to the first one too — same symptoms but also a raging headache that night. Everyone is so different — but all in all, it’s still totally worth it to actually have immunity!

  2. Escondista says:

    Ditto, second moderna left me with 102 fever and crazy body aches for about 20 hours.
    I’d totally do it again though – and probably will! Very happy to feel less crippling anxiety if I need to enter a store to get items.

    • (The OG) Jan90067 says:

      I’ve only known one other person, in all of those I know who got Moderna, that had a fever for a couple of days.

      Most of the rest, like me, had a sore arm, a *lot* of fatigue (I personally slept almost non-stop for 2 1/2 days!), some brain fog…and on the 3rd day, I woke feeling almost 100%. My sister only had a sore arm for a day; my BIL felt the fatigue for *one* day only, my 20 yr old nephew …nothing.

      I guess it depends on your own immune system, how it tends to “defend” your body when you get sick?

      Either way, I’d gladly go through it again: 3 days of feeling ehh, vs. getting sick as a dog, hospitalization, being put on a vent and if *lucky*, pulling through and having long-hauler problems. No choice there for me! (And yes, my anxiety level has gone down about 95%!!! Such a relief!)

      • Watcher says:

        Thanks for posting your crew’s reactions to the 2nd dose. I find that most people with strong reactions tend to post, and those who don’t have significant reactions don’t post – so it’s good to see the variety of reactions.

      • ElleV says:

        yes – thank u for sharing for balance/context! I’ve wondered myself if this narrative about the second shot was maybe selection bias in action – also wondering how this narrative is gonna affect uptake – apparently, a bunch of people in the US aren’t getting their second shot because they’re fearful about these reactions to the second dose and think the first one will be enough. not saying people shouldn’t share their experiences tho – just wondering if govts should be making some effort to address this concern

      • josephine says:

        My folks, my husband and I and two of our kids got the Moderna vaccine and none of us had measureable side effects. A headache and a somewhat sore arm. Side effects are definitely not a sure-thing so I hope it doesn’t stop anyone from getting the vaccine. As others have said here, it’s worth it even if you do have the side-effects. My brother had Covid and wrote a will in week three and is still not fully recovered in week 6. He’s one of the healthiest people I know and we all held our breath. It’s really a devastating illness for so many.

    • lanne says:

      I was sick the week before I got moderne 2, so in retrospect I should have probably waited. But I had 4 days of 100+ fever, body aches, chills, and a feeling like someone poured liquid lead down my arm. Even so, I look at what’s happening in India and I feel profoundly grateful to be fully vaccinated. I think my reaction would have been milder had I not caught a wicked norovirus the previous week.

    • The Recluse says:

      I get my second Moderna tomorrow. I was a bit fatigued after the first one, so I am hoping to suffer the bare minimum with the second one. I will take my Tylenol pretty soon after the shot because when i get sick it messes me up good.

  3. Maevo says:

    I love Ewan. The leaving his wife thing sounds sketch but then the fact that they’re still together like 5 years later makes me think it’s legit and not just a midlife crisis.

    • cassandra says:

      I’d always heard on the web that Ewan and his wife had an open marriage. Although the messiness of his new relationship’s start doesn’t seem to indicate that

      • Kristen says:

        I’ve heard the same (and he’s been seen out with other costars previously). I think an open relationship is just inviting this kind of thing to happen. It’s one thing to say that the outside relationships are just casual, but feelings are unpredictable, especially if you’re splitting your attention between multiple romantic partners.

  4. Aang says:

    Second dose of Pfizer left me just little tired the next day, no fever or anything. Then a week later I became fatigued, my arm got really sore, and my hips hurt. Same with my husband but he felt it in his lower back. Lasted for about 1.5 days.

  5. Angie says:

    Yep just had my second Moderna on Friday and yesterday was horrible. Felt like the worst hangover ever. But I’m so thankful to be done and dusted.

  6. Jennifer says:

    Had my second Moderna dose last Thursday. Friday was not a good day. But I am absolutely glad I did it.

  7. Jen says:

    My second one made me nauseous and I had a really bad migraine

  8. Mcmmom says:

    I had the Pfizer and while I didn’t want to run a marathon, I felt fine overall. I’d like to think it’s because I’m superhuman, but from what I understand, it just means I’m old and my immune system isn’t kicking in (I’m about Ewan’s age).

    • Christine says:

      HA! I’m 46, and I got the second dose of Pfizer on Wednesday of last week, and I had zero reaction. So, yes, I’m old and my immune system clearly can’t be bothered to even puff out a little smoke and pretend it’s interested.

      • Ang says:

        39 year old; I got my second Pfizer shot 3 weeks ago and I had no reaction except for arm pain. I hope everyone feels better soon, it is worth it!

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        I’m 55 and had a 101.2 f fever after my second Pfizer. Got it on a Weds. Temp wasn’t back to baseline until Saturday. Wicked headache and fatigue, random body aches and super thirsty/peeing a ton for a solid week+ afterward. Weird. 60 year old brother got second Moderna, and had shaking chills so badly that he could barely sleep. He felt better about 24 hours later, though.
        My backside will be in line waiting for the booster whenever it is ready- 6-12 months is what I read recently.

    • TaraBest says:

      Just chiming in to say I had no adverse reactions to either of my Pfizer shots other than a sore arm. I got the second shot 3 weeks ago and expected to be knocked flat the next day but I felt totally fine…like nothing at all. (For reference, I’m 32 with no health issues and haven’t had COVID. I’ve heard the reaction can be worse if you’ve already had it.)

    • Wednesday Addams says:

      I’m 66 and had Pfizer. Had really bad fatigue after the first shot, and continued to feel bad for the next week. Was sick for 2 days after the second shot, but was fine after that.

  9. Libellule says:

    I’m getting first dose of Moderna this week and I can’t wait. Even if it’s going to knock me out for a day or two

    • Maxine duCamp says:

      Everyone reacts differently but my first dose of Moderna didn’t affect me aside from my arm being sore for a few days (worse than a regular flue jab but not as bad as a tetanus shot). I may have been a tiny bit fatigued but I have an autoimmune disease that also causes fatigue so hard to say. Getting my second jab this week.

    • (The OG) Jan90067 says:

      I had Leukemia and a stem cell transplant 7 yrs ago, so I feel like I am working with a “newer” immune system 😊

      I got my first dose of Moderna at the end of January: only had a sore arm, and then about 8-9 days in, got “Moderna Arm”, which is a warm, red, splotchy, “hive” like reaction at the injection site (it was the same reaction I get with every immunization I’ve had to get (had to get all the childhood vaccines again after my SCT). The splotch went away after a few days (compresses, a bit of Cortaid hydrocortisone cream and Benadryl helped). When I called my dr. (because it seemed to be a “delayed” response (since I usually got that w/in an hr. or two after an immunization before), he told me that they were finding “Moderna Arm” is *very* common, and it was showing that your immune system is working the way it should be.

      A month later, with the 2nd shot was when I had those other symptoms I spoke of above. Still, definitely worth it!

      • Lemon says:

        My partner had a delayed reaction Moderna arm and also an itchy rash on his heels, apparently this can happen too. It’s been a few days but it’s getting better.

      • BeanieBean says:

        I got Moderna Arm after my first shot on Day 10, no issues with the second shot. Both times, a little soreness for a day or so, nothing a little Tylenol couldn’t handle, and that was that. My recent shingles vax hurt more.
        As for Ewan as Halston, I think he’ll be great. Halston was such an icon, I’m glad there’s finally a biopic about him.

    • dogmom says:

      I had the Moderna first dose three weeks ago and it didn’t affect me at all except for some slight arm soreness for about a day and a half afterward. Honestly, my arm was more sore after I got the flu shot back in the fall! I’m bracing myself for the second dose next week.

      • Christin says:

        My first M dose gave me an intermittently sore arm for less than 24 hours (starting a few hours after the painless jab). The first dose was in my non-dominant arm. The soreness was not nearly as bad as the “mouse arm” pain I have in the dominant.

        Second dose – Some tiredness and a slightly sore arm. Plus my temperature went up one degree – which for me made mine within normal range. I had a few minutes (total) of chills off and on the following day. Not anything near the side effects I had expected. Just enough to assure me my immune system knew what to do!

  10. Susan says:

    My first dose of the Moderna was BRUTAL. body aches, chills, headache, slept on the heating pad. Anyone else go through this? I kinda secretly thought I’d already been exposed (health care worker) and was immune, but um clearly NOT. Although a doctor colleague told me my big time immune response is a good sign—that the dose worked effectively and my immune system response is on point.

    Evan is…charming. Despite his flaws. I don’t want to like him and normally his behavior would warrant more judgement…but for some reason he’s always kind of avoided criticism. Maybe its his role choices. Ill never forget him singing in Moulin Rouge, loved it!

    • Truthiness says:

      The first dose of Moderna completely laid me out for a week, you are not alone.

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        Did you ever feel like you may have gotten covid/ been exposed to someone who was positive or symptomatic?

    • JanetDR says:

      I had the J+J one shot and it was like you describe for me. My doctor said the same thing. Totally worth it! I have loved Ewan in every thing I have seen him in. Especially Big Fish.

      • Suzz54 says:

        I love Ewan as an actor! Big Fish is one of my favorite books, turned into a movie. I loved the book in college because I am an Auburn girl and my favorite flowers are daffodils. That scene with the daffodils stole my heart. It’s first movie my husband and I saw together as a couple. Needless to say, when it came time to name our son, Ewan was the name we selected. As for Ewan McGreggor’s personal life, eh, we all made decisions that are questionable. I am 100% certain we do not know the whole story (as we rarely do)… if he and his partner are 3 years in; it’s most likely not a fluke.

    • cheche says:

      My first Moderna shot left me with a vicious headache, worse than a hangover headache. Lasted about 18 hours after that I was just tired.
      Second shot almost nothing, some swelling and pain at injection site, slept a lot next day.
      I’ve heard that if you’ve had COVID, your reaction is worse after first shot whereas most people react after second.

      • MaryContrary says:

        I’ve heard that too-and that was my husband’s experience as well.

      • Betsy says:

        I’d heard that people who were reacting very strongly to the shots in general were people who had already had covid (even asymptomatic covid).

        Since I’m a big old scaredy cat about shots, this is what I’m telling myself anyway. One Pfizer down, one to go.

    • Frida_K says:

      Whenever I hear anyone say that a strong response is a good thing and a sign that the immune system is working I wish, just for a hateful moment, that the person could experience what I did. But I wouldn’t wish my experience on an enemy, so it passes. Especially when it comes from doctors, who surely (one would hope) are familiar with cases related to some of the more strange and unusual adverse reactions to the shots.

      It does make me feel truly hostile, though. A really strong reaction sometimes overshoots the mark and is not good at all, and doctors should know that.

    • Jensies says:

      YUP, me too. I got it in early January and no one knew what the side effects were really, they were still adding to them, and I got ALL of them as it turned out. Felt like complete trash for a week, didn’t feel 100% for three weeks. Second shot was much better.

      I’d love to not go through this every year but I will if it keeps me and everyone else safe.

    • Katherine says:

      I felt absolutely disgustingly terrible after AZ but then took my temp and it was 101.5 and I was like oh, that explains absolutely all of this. Instantly felt much better because no one feels good with that kinda fever, it went away after a day, but it sure was hell for a bit there.

    • Izzy says:

      I was exhausted and had a massive migraine after my first shot. It took a good two days to feel better.

    • swirlmamad says:

      Yes — I was surprised to have a reaction to the first dose…I even thought maybe that meant I had somehow had Covid and didn’t know it (since they say that people who have had covid tend to have worse reactions to the shot, and often on the first dose). But I’ve heard from enough people that it honestly just depends on the person.

      • dj says:

        Yes. I had the Pfizer vaccine and had a bad reaction to the first dose. I am 60 for the record. I had wicked headache, chills so bad I was sore for 2 days afterward, I fever for a less than a day, lack of reading comprehension (which may be the brain fog) for a couple of days. But most of my symptoms were 1 to 2 days. If I knew in advance exactly what my symptoms would have been, I still would have taken the shots. I have coexisting medical conditions as does my husband and would not risk losing him!

  11. magda mosi says:

    I didn’t know who Halston was, but googling it now and seeing pictures I have just one question- who dropped a ball not casting Lee Pace for this? It is a criminal offence, HOW?!

    • Bettyrose says:

      Don’t know Halston either but pretty sure he’s mentioned in Billy Joel’s “Big Shot.”

      • (The OG) Jan90067 says:

        Yes… ” They all impressed with your Halston dress, and the people that you knew at Elanine’s, and the story of your latest success kept ’em so entertained….”

        Love Billy Joel! He puts on a GREAT concert!

      • Anne Call says:

        He was an icon. Best friends with Liza and hanging out at studio 54. Can’t wait for this mini series. Whenever I hear his name i think of this lyric.

        He wears the finest clothes, the best designers heaven knows
        Ooh, from his head down to his toes
        Halston, Gucci, Fiorucci
        He looks like a still, that man is dressed to kill

    • BothSidesNow says:

      Halston was an incredibly successful designer and was able to dress women so well. I remember his fashion was everywhere, ground breaking and turning heads. I have always adored his talent and have always wanted a Halston vintage item but I can’t seem to find anything. I am certain that there are great number of fans keeping his work with them forever, or to pass down.

    • Deering24 says:

      He was one of the 1970s biggest designers—I guess his closest current equivalent would be McQueen? Choo? Leger? Versace? Dressed anyone who was anyone and specialized in mega-flash. His fashion defined a good part of the disco era. Unfortunately, his flame-out was spectacular even for that industry.

  12. Frida_K says:

    Both my Moderna shots were horrible. Five weeks after the second, I am finally starting to recover. I’m an outlier, though, and my adverse effects are unusual and extreme. (I’m not sharing details so as not to either scare others who almost certainly won’t experience these adverse events and/or to not inadvertently share something that would support the anti-vax narrative. I’m an outlier and my adverse events are unusual. Not unheard of, but definitely not the norm).

    This whole topic hits a nerve for me. I wish I didn’t have this level of drug sensitivity and I’m already worrying about whether or not we’ll need to get boosters. I can’t do this again. I’m grateful to be vaccinated and I continue to fully support vaccination, but I got my first one mid-February and I’m still not 100% recovered from either shot.

    I’m hoping that today will be a good day though. I felt almost completely back to normal yesterday, so we’ll see.

    But back to the topic: Ewan McGregor was good in The Pillow Book and he had a male partner in it. I’m not so sure about him playing Halston now, given that there are so many wonderful out and proud actors who could take the part.


    • notasugarhere says:

      IMO he was also very good in Velvet Goldmine with Christian Bale and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, with the same problematic issue of why straight actors were cast in those roles.

  13. Finny says:

    I was worried about the second Modern shot. My husband had severe muscle and joint pain for 4 days after his second one. Several friends had also bad side effects. I was so not looking forward to my second vacc. I had mine past Tuesday and nothing. My injection arm wasn’t even sore like the first time. My hubs was a bit miffed and stated he had my side effects with his and that’s why I was spared. 😆

  14. Brittany says:

    It’s really interesting to see the different responses to the second dose. I wish we knew more about why that is. I had some minor aches with my second Moderna shot, but nothing else. They say younger people and those who’ve had COVID tend to have stronger reactions (I’m 40 and, as far as I know, did not have COVID).

  15. Chaine says:

    I guess I’m in the minority but I think he looks awful with the beard and greasy unkempt hair. And i don’t care if he’s still with whatsername, it doesn’t cancel out the fact that he was a s*** to his wife and kids when he took up with her.

  16. Lucy2 says:

    I only had a sore arm and a little tiredness with the first one, and then a very sore arm, joint pain, and low fever with a second. Really minor. My friend who went the same time as me with both shots had a bad reaction to both! It’s different for everyone, but thankfully short-lived for most, and way better than getting Covid.

  17. LillyfromLillooet says:

    Still feel bad for the wife. Being married to an actor seems like perfect set up for a spouse who is at home raising the family to be blindsided by the actor/actress going off with a co-worker. Her and her daughters’ anguish was palpable. I hope they are all in a better place now.

    • Deering24 says:

      Honestly, there have been so many of these actor-and-longtime-stay-at-home-spouse marital crashes lately, that it seems like a setup with ridiculous odds stacked against it. And even being married for years doesn’t guarantee anything. Who saw Simon Baker and his wife splitting, for example?

  18. Butterflystella says:

    I also got my ass kicked with the 2nd Pfizer shot (last Tues). I don’t recall my ENTIRE body hurting that bad, ever! I shudder at the thought of doing this annually.

    • Tiffany says:

      Since POTUS announced a tax credit to employers who give PTO to employees who take the shot, I am guessing he was told that will be a side effect in the future.

    • Malificent says:

      I had no symptoms at all from the first Pfizer shot. Got mild fever and chills from the second shot just for a few hours. But the lymph node, only on the shot side, swelled up like an Easter egg for 3 days. I had to sit with the arm propped up because it hurt to put it down by my side. I pretty sure I know what bubonic plague feels like now.

      Then about 5 days after the shot, I got a sinus headache for 2 days. I didn’t think it was related because there was a storm and I prone to sinus problems when the pressure changes. But two friends said that they also got sinus headaches a few days after the shot.

  19. Tiffany says:

    I slept for two days after my second shot of Moderna. After that I was fine and my arm felt better.

    And he was the best thing about Episodes I-III and he knows it. You can’t tell me he has not been told that. Fans have not approached him and said it. He got a series out of it. Granted, he is no Sir Alec, but damn, he was pretty close.

  20. MaryContrary says:

    I was fine other than a sore arm after my first Moderna shot. The day after my second I came down with a fever, aches, chills and headache-it lasted 48 hours. Completely fine after that. My husband had a reaction after his first Moderna, but nothing after the second. My young adult children had light fevers and slept for the afternoon the day after their 2nd Pfizer. Totally worth it. I saw Ewan MacGregor years ago in a live production of Guys and Dolls in London. He and Jane Krakowski were amazing in it.

  21. lolalola3 says:

    Did anyone get Astra-zeneca? Sorry to potentially hijack but all I have available to me right now is AZ and I think I’d rather wait but wondering if that is just a big stupid idea…Maybe I should stop worrying? I mean, something is better than nothing….then again, unless I get a blood clot that I’m SOL. Crikey. I don’t know what to do. Anyone here of any other bad AZ reactions? My family is all in the US and got Pfizer and yes, they felt crappy on 2nd dose but all fine now.

    • EviesMom says:

      Hey LolaLola3, my husband got AZ about a week ago – tired and chills for one day 24 hour post vaccine. We have had lots of AZ here in BC Canada and I haven’t heard much chatter about side effects. But the noise on the second jab for both Pfizer & moderna is pretty consistent. We’ll see – not many Canadians have had their second shots yet.
      I would vote for the first vaccine offered. 💕

    • Watson says:

      Lola: just had the AstraZeneca!!! I had regular flu like symptoms for the first 2-3 days: exhaustion, muscle soreness, nausea, chills and headaches. Nothing out of the ordinary, and am still glad i got the shot.

      If you are in Canada like I am, just opt for whatever you can (unless you have medical concerns, then pls talk to a dr first!). I was told by my dr. that even if i waited for a call from the provincial authorities it is no guarantee i would get Pfizer or moderna. We don’t really have a vast surplus of vaccines and i was worried about variants, and also not being able to get vaccinated until late summer. As dumb as it sounds i want an outside bbq with family!

    • Mel says:

      My mom got AZ and was in completely fine! In Europe , or maybe just in France where I am, they really narrowed down the age group of AZ recipients. I got pfizer as I am under 40 y/o. Second dose in 10 days. Kinda dreading the effects, though the first one went very well, as I heard the second shot is the one that kicks the butt!

      • jOoLz says:

        i might be the only person who had a much nastier reaction to shot #1 of the pfizer than to shot #2. my first, i felt like hot garbage for a couple days. second dose, i just had soreness at the injection site.

    • Robin says:

      Hi lolalola3 My partner had AZ. He was ill for a week. When I say ill, flu type aching and run down. He slept a lot. But then again he was silly and went out exercising on something like day 2 afterwards. We also suspect we had covid at the beginning of lockdown one. If it was covid, I have never been so ill and it lasted weeks. People I know who’ve had covid have reacted strongly but briefly. My sister and her husband had AZ and felt nothing. They are pretty sure they haven’t had covid. My sister felt slightly sick on day 1. And they are youngish. I think it depends on how you react to illness generally and whether you’ve had covid, perhaps without knowing. None of us have had the second jab. Don’t they reckon it’ll be an annual tablet from hereon?

      • Talia says:

        I had my first AZ last Wednesday. I had it at 08.00 in the morning, was fine all day and started feeling ill that evening. By 22.00 I had chills to the point I was shaking and a temp of 99.5. I woke up at 2.00 in the morning because I was so hot and had a temp of 100.5. I tried to work the next day (Thursday) but had to stop after a couple of hours. I felt lousy all day (flu symptoms) and spent most of the day asleep but started feeling better by evening and by the next day (Friday) I was fine.

        The sore arm lasted a bit longer – but it is now fine.

        I suspect I had COVID way back at the beginning (before testing was in place) which might be why I reacted.

    • pottymouth pup says:


      If you’re concerned, you can speak to your doctor about your overall risk of throwing a clot (i.e., are you using hormonal contraception, do you have diabetes, are you on anticoagulants, do you smoke, age, etc,) to help assess your risk

    • swirlmamad says:

      I have several relatives who got AZ (they are in the Caribbean) and all are fine. Maybe minor side effects but nothing serious at all.

    • Lori says:

      Hey Lola,

      My sister is a public health nurse giving the vaccines in Canada and she assured me that the chances of getting blood clots from the AZ shot are far less than getting them as a woman on birth control pills. There’s an abundance of caution and you hear about the unfortunate outliers in the news but not the millions who’ve had it without issues. She has friends working ICU and said the vaccine in any form is better than Covid – especially with these variants.

    • missy says:

      35 yr old woman . got my 2nd az today. so far no reaction. 1st dose reaction was extremely mild short head ache and mild arm pain. So happy to have had it since the COVAX supply to countries is limited. trying to convince my 65+ mom. it’s the only covid vaccine we have where I am but i’m a big proponent of vaccines in general even got my flu one last year beacuse I pick up like literally every variant that goes around in any season. 2 more weeks to full strength immunity!!

    • AlpineWitch says:

      I had my first dose of AZ 7 days ago and I am still recovering, I was hospitalised on Saturday, and it was hell for 5 days, I barely moved from the bed and lost 6 pounds in weight.

      The night after the vaccine I passed out in the kitchen, due to dizziness. Still, my reaction was classified as ‘very rare’ and I have not heard of anyone else who had such a high number of side effects after being given the vaccine (I ticked 15 boxes).

      I will have to speak to the Dr tomorrow as in my area in England we don’t have normally the choice of getting a second dose of a different vaccine. There’s no way I’m risking it again.

  22. Nashville Girl says:

    So glad to be vaccinated, but second shot of Moderna was awful. Two plus days of fever and aches but it’s done! Getting first pedicure in 14 months today!!!

  23. Izzy says:

    Most people I know who got Moderna, including me, had that experience. As long as it works. That’s what matters.

  24. MellyMel says:

    Getting my second Moderna shot later this week. Hoping it’s like the first (sore arm & fatigue) and nothing worse, but after hearing about the second shot being the worse and reading these comments, just gonna mentally prepare my self for a sucky 24 hours.

    • Hannah Young says:

      That’s how I felt until I got my second shot. I scheduled it for end of day on Thursday, took Friday off, so I’d have all through the weekend to recover if necessary. It was so anticlimactic. I had redness and very minor soreness & bruising around the injection site but no other symptoms. My first shot (Moderna) I couldn’t even tell where it was injected on my arm.

      • cassandra says:

        Yeah when I got the first jab I was advised to plan to take two days off after the second one. It was more like three 😬 Haven’t had a fever that high in 15 years. It also impacted my menstrual cycle- came a week early and was heavy as hell.

    • tempest prognosticator says:

      FWIW, my experience with the second Moderna shot was fatigue (got a great night’s sleep) and my arm was a bit sore.

  25. Jaded says:

    God I loved him in Big Fish. I first saw it a couple of months after my dad died and blubbed my eyes out at the end. I’m looking forward to seeing this, having lived through the Halston era. I even have a Halston scarf I bought 30 years ago!

    • SlipperyPeople says:

      Big Fish came out several years after my father suddenly passed. I have never been able to get thru that movie without crying and I am not a big cryer. It’s one of my all time favorites.

      There’s a documentary about Halston I saw on Netflix a few years ago. Not sure if it’s still on, but it was fantastic!

    • Lucy says:

      I’ve watched Big Fish only once, because the actor that played the old dad sounded exactly like my deceased Pop (grandpa). Almost no one gets the southern accent that perfectly.
      I still have the DVD, but I cry just thinking about hearing him talk.

  26. Jayna says:

    I got Pfizer, both shots, and no big side effects for the most part. My brothers got Moderna and felt fine afterwards. I felt great after the first shot. My only side effect from the second shot was that I had a couple of days of fatigue, like I hadn’t slept enough. That was it.

  27. Annabel says:

    I got my second Pfizer shot a week ago and it was like having a bad case of the flu for two days. I’m still not feeling 100%, but I know that makes me an outlier (most people are fine in like 48 hours) and I am so, so grateful to have access to a Covid vaccine.

  28. Onedayatatyme says:

    Funny, I have known more people who got sick from the vaccine than people who got sick from catching Covid. Thankfully most healthy people have a natural immunity.

    • Pusspants says:

      I noticed you had another comment about not getting vaccinated that was taken down. I’d like to appeal to your compassion & good sense to rethink it.
      Are you at all concerned about the welfare of other people? Even if you were guaranteed to have no issues if you caught covid, why not get the vaccine so you can avoid spreading it to other people? This virus is going to continue to be around and mutate until we reach global heard immunity, which medical experts estimate means 75-85% of the population gets vaccinated. If you aren’t afraid of getting cancer, als, etc., why be afraid of a vaccine shot? Worst case scenario is you have flu symptoms for a few days.
      Please reconsider getting vaccinated. Medical professionals are counting on people like you to get vaccinated so it helps decrease spread to vulnerable people and minimizes the number of folks they have to treat (and possibly see die).

      • Robin says:

        Totally agree, Pusspants. Herd immunity is banded about like it’s guaranteed or bound to happen but 1) it could take a long time and 2) there are certain diseases for which there is no herd immunity – measles I believe is one of them, and it’s on the rise again because parents are pulling out of the MMR.

    • Barb from SoCal says:

      To chime in about getting vaccinated or not: there is a public health component and a private health component. It is vital to our communities, states/provinces, countries and beyond that everyone who can be vaccinated is vaccinated. This will allow us to reopen our communities and economies and travel safely. Without achieving herd immunity, variants will continue to appear and spread. And herd immunity protects our sick and vulnerable and our health care systems. As a member of society we all have an obligation to think of each other’s well being and not just our own. As for private health, it is much much better to have side effects from a safe and effective vaccine than to risk catching COVID (more than once is very possible with new variants appearing), becoming very ill and potentially developing long-haul symptoms. My husband just saw a young previously healthy woman (early 20’s) as a patient. She thought she had no reason to fear COVID. She now has locked-in syndrome where she is completely mentally alert but can only blink her eyelids post COVID. She may remain in this state for the rest of her life.

      • Pusspants says:

        @Barb, oh my gosh! Locked in syndrome!! I know the statistics on that happening to any single individual is quite low probability. But why take the risk at all? I’m so saddened by the many people that have only thought of themselves during this pandemic. And I still don’t get why wearing a mask is a big deal to people. If ones definition of wearing a mask is that it’s tyranny or oppression of liberty, then your life has been without real oppression.

    • MaryContrary says:

      Get the f-out of here with your anti-vax nonsense. Troll.

    • april says:

      Most healthy people have commonsense and get the damn vaccine.

    • Brittany says:

      You could not “get sick from the vaccine.” Side effects are not sickness or disease. The body is learning to fight off disease so you might have some “symptoms” but you’re not actually sick with the disease. The vaccine does not contain live coronavirus. With that said none of the vaccines are 100% effective so you could potentially still catch the virus even with a vaccine; that’s why we should continue to practice safety measures such as masking and socially distancing.

    • Beckyboo says:

      Good for you. I lost several people to covid. As in dead. And my 38 year old (healthy) cousin has blood clots in her lungs right now because of it. It burns to breathe.

      I’m getting the first shot of vaccine Thursday. For the people who couldn’t and died. For the people I love who still can’t get the vaccine because of compromised immune systems. I’ll happily take all the side effects because I get to live and they didn’t.

  29. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I want to not like him. I really do. But I’ve had a thing for him since his early days. Can’t help it lol.

  30. amilu says:

    Apart from the arm soreness, my second Moderna shot did NOTHING to me. I was kind of disappointed — everyone I knew who had it called out sick the next day, and I wanted to be able to call out sick, too!

  31. Birdy says:

    Had the J&J vaccine 6 weeks ago. Sore arm for 5 days, very mild fatigue the day after and that was it.

  32. Nedsdag says:

    I had my second Moderna shot two weeks ago with only a sore arm an hour after I received it. Then while watching a movie, I dozed off early evening. The next day, my muscles were sore and I had a persistent headache for four days. The headaches were so bad, I had to cancel my Webex classes, and when I returned to it, the glare made it worse. I’m fine now and I have no regrets.

  33. Zantasia says:

    Had my second Moderna yesterday about midday. Last night: Chills, fever, joint pain, body aches, terrible headache, nausea, and fainting. Fainting, chills, fever, and most of the nausea subsided midway through this morning. Still have some nausea, and definitely still have the headache, joint pains, and muscle aches.

    Have Pedialyte/Gatorade ready to go. Or Hawaiian pizza, as I slammed as soon as the nausea/fainting subsided.

  34. Beech says:

    I had the Moderna vaccine, the first w/ no ill effects. The second was the most painless shot ever. Later I wondered if I was injected only to have a sore arm as the day wore on. The next day that evening I was feverish, no chills but had a racing pulse. It lasted a few hours without taking anything for it.

  35. Julia K says:

    I remember Halston when he was designing for and dressing Liza Minnelli. She never carried off that look, that boxy jacket and slinky flowy pants with chiffon scarves. Whenever I think of Liza, that’s the look I see in my mind. He designed nice things for others though.

  36. Sam says:

    People’s reactions to the vaccine had someone like myself quite nervous. Always check with your doctor first about the tylenol part. However, I took Tylenol about 9 hrs after P shot #2 before sleep. Stayed away from foods that give me inflammation for a while. Next morning woke up took more Tylenol and was just foggy, almost like I took 2 benadryl. I stayed super hydrated and just slept on and off that day. Was basically fine by day 3 and resumes regular workouts by day 4. I have anxiety, so I was incredibly nervous about my reactions, but was so worth the mild fogginess for me. I feel lucky about that. I’m late 30s and 4 other friends (35, 40,39, and 41) all had little to know reactions for their second shots. Do some meditations in bed if you feel nervous about it, but what a relief!!!

  37. Eurydice says:

    For those who don’t know Halston, the Museum at the Fashion Institute did a great exhibition several years back on Yves St Laurent and Halston. It’s still up on their site – so much information, you could go down the rabbit hole for hours:


  38. FancyHat says:

    I can’t stand him partially due to Trainspotting being one of my most hated movies of all time, partly because he’s always been so thirsty to be a mega star and bitter he never reached that status. He’s like the male Paltrow to me. Just can’t stand him so much that he ruins any movie he’s in for me.

  39. languidsegmentsgreen says:

    i live in british columbia and got pfizer on 19 april ONLY because i’m classified as “clinically extremely vulnerable” due to asthma/history of pneumonia. most aren’t so lucky, as it’s going by age and canada doesn’t have much vaccine (the u.s. is hoarding it and people there are actually refusing it?! most people here would give their left arm to be vaccinated… school/essential/frontline workers here have JUST been given access!)

    here, they’re making us wait 4 months for the 2nd dose, but my son’s bf in WA had a terrible time with his: pain, fever, sweating… but that’s GOOD – a robust immune response! we’re hoping he may be able to come to canada this summer! 🙂

  40. Mireille says:

    Still waiting to get my second shot on May 21. I loved Ewan in Pillow Book.

  41. ThinkAboutIt says:

    I got Moderna. Pretty much just a sore arm with #1, but #2 was an even sorer arm plus. Low fever, horrible body aches & exhaustion starting about 12 hour after and then lasting the next 24 hours. And then**poof**all gone. Totally worth it.

  42. Green Tea says:

    He’s a fantastic actor but not hot (to me). Really makes just about anything work. Think he and Eve were always open and she turned a blind eye as long as it wasn’t serious or enduring. He truly fell for MEW is my guess. His daughter was involved in the interview? He always does just enough with PR to avoid crossing the line into celebrity. Doesn’t really hide stuff, does he? For example he could have debuted MEW relationship well afterwards but they let the chips fall where they were going to. Think they were papped kissing in some random diner initially. At the end of the day, will keep watching his films unless he does a Woody Allen or Polanski.

  43. TigerMcQueen says:

    I’ve had both doses of Pfizer. The first one left me with a sore arm and swollen lymph node for a few days. The second barely registered, as in a slightly sore arm the day of the shot and then nothing. Interestingly, I also had covid, a fairly mild case with no fever, aches, or breathing issues, just a cough, lingering fatigue, covid brain, dry mouth from hell, and no smell (still not 100% 3 plus months later).

    Fwiw, I’m older, no huge health issues except for being overweight…but younger, much healthier family members in our outbreak (we all caught it planning a funeral) had it much worse. Their post-vaccination symptoms were pretty mild, though, like mine.

    Everyone in my family who caught it had wildly different symptoms. It’s so random.

  44. lise says:

    i can only speak as a single queer person not for the whole lgbtq community. and obvs i’m not an actor. but i really hate the idea that only gay ppl can play gay characters. i also really hate the idea that actors should have to disclose or discuss their sexual orientation. like, idk. i do think its a different issue from race.

    • TrixC says:

      I agree. I kinda agree with what he said – someone’s sexuality is only part of who they are, and not something that they should ever be compelled to disclose, so it seems odd to insist that it should dictate the choice of who can play who. I’m sure gay actors don’t want to be typecast into only playing gay characters, nor should they.

      However if for example a film was telling a story that was specifically about someone coming to terms with their sexuality, it would feel more important to cast someone who could relate to that story and make it feel authentic.

  45. Jenn says:

    My lymph nodes never returned to normal size after my first Moderna dose. The second Moderna shot took me probably 72 hours to weather fully. I spent all of the second day in my own little sweat puddle on my side of the bed, having weird dreams. Once my fever lifted I was just nauseated, and I kept falling asleep in my desk chair. Fortunately, I got the vaccine in my dominant arm that time, and I do think constantly having that arm in motion helped it to not get as sore. (I have multiple conditions because my immune system is constantly cranked to 11, so I’m really relieved my reaction to the shot was just the loud end of normal.)

  46. Marta says:

    I’m trying really hard to understand why people in the U.S. worship at the feet of Harry and what qualifications he has to tell Americans what to do. I have nothing personal against him, but so far all I see is a rich, entitled Englishman trying to seek fame here because Great Britain seems to have pretty much turned against him.